Dying Light: The Bozak Horde

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Challenging add-on boosts brutal zombie-killing gameplay.

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Positive Messages

Other than trying to stay alive, there aren't any positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You don't know much at all about Kyle Crane, the "soldier of fortune" you play, so not easy to determine what kind of role model he is. But he kills thousands of undead.

Ease of Play

Tough game add-on, so bring your friends and try the cooperative (co-op) option. Controls are easy for those who've played main Dying Light game. But overall, only for skilled players.

Violence

Extremely violent, bloody, gory. Gamers will use shotguns, rifles, axes, a bow, machetes, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers to kill zombified enemies. Combat is frenetic, bloody -- you'll dismember, decapitate enemies too. Fallen zombies often shriek in pain before dying (er, again).

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Language

Strong, frequent profanity such as "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole."

 

Consumerism

This is downloadable content (DLC) for Dying Light, which costs $10.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dying Light: The Bozak Horde is a downloadable content pack that expands the gameplay of the original title, Dying LightIt's a gory and violent first-person action game that pits you against a host of killer zombies. This downloadable content (DLC) drops gamers into the Harran Stadium to participate in a series of challenges by a madman named Bozak. Using a number of weapons -- guns, bows, axes, and explosives -- players can kill, dismember, and decapitate zombies. The game also has strong and frequent profanity in the dialogue sequences, including "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." Parents should be aware that there are serious privacy and safety concerns, too, and multiplayer is unmoderated, which could expose players to unwanted commentary.

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What's it about?

DYING LIGHT: THE BOZAK HORDE introduces an insane killer named Bozak to the popular zombie-blasting Dying Light game. Bozak straps a bomb to your ankle and forces you into increasingly difficult challenges inside the Harran Stadium. As you might imagine, the game is chock-full of the Infected, so you must stay alive and use a number of weapons (including a new compound hunting bow) to destroy hordes of zombies while also using some parkour and stealth. The add-on focuses heavily on cooperative ("co-op") gameplay, where you and a few friends (or strangers, if you prefer) can join in online and tackle the increasingly challenging objectives. There's also support for global leaderboards, along with some competitive elements.

Is it any good?

As Dying Light's biggest expansion to date, The Bozak Horde is a solid addition to the original game. But be forewarned: You'll likely die a lot. It's a tough but gratifying bit of DLC worth considering for the relatively modest $10 price point. Though survival is still the name of the game, this DLC puts players on the offensive in a new story (with the maniacal puppet master, Bozak) as well as a new location called Sector 0 (which is inside the infamous Harran Stadium, where the government lost the battle against the zombie virus). Players also get a new weapon -- a compound hunting bow with exploding arrows -- and a fun new trap-laden mode that compliments the original game (you can play by yourself or with up to three others online). Visually, it's the same, which isn't bad at all, and the controls feel good. Other than its difficulty, there isn't much to complain about with The Bozak Horde. Those who enjoyed hacking, slashing, shooting, and parkouring in the original action game will like what the DLC brings to the table.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. Can fantasy violence such as the content in Dying Light desensitize kids to real-life violence? Should parents not be worried because a zombie outbreak is too far-fetched a scenario to be concerned about the violence depicted in the game?

  • Discuss the survival horror aspects of the game. What makes scary games and movies fun to play and watch? Are there reasons why people like being scared? Do you think the plot would be as successful if the monsters in this game were completely different?

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